Maybe you’re asking yourself, “What the heck, self? Why should I pay for somebody else’s kid? Nobody paid for my kid.” or some such. Let me try to help out.
Let me throw the disclaimer in here that I am talking about adoption in general, and not our adoption specifically. Obviously we are fundraising, but more importantly, I just want to shed some light on the whole topic.
One of the key elements you have to understand about adoption is – the kid is already here. We are talking about a person, in utero or out of it, that has already joined our world and will live here, one way or another. Adoption is one way to provide that child a healthy, stable family.
Because it is so expensive, and because it is a mercy ministry, and because it is time sensitive, fundraising is extremely common, in churched and unchurched circles, among all income levels. Go take a spin around the web; it’s easy to find.
Fundraisers, and adoption, are about the child. It’s time sensitive, because by the time you are in the process, a baby is already on its way, or a child is already being passed through the system. Taking a 10 year break to save $30,000 extra is not really practical when it comes to adoption, it has to be done quickly.
So, then, what about missionaries? People raising support- should they adopt? Yes.
If that offends you to think of people raising support and helping orphans, then don’t send them money. The truth is, missions is a job, and the people who support missionaries do so out of confidence and faith that they are paying for a good thing. They believe in what they support, and they pave the way for missionaries to give themselves to causes that don’t pay a salary. Adoption is a natural response of a missions heart.
Adoption is a ministry. It is a way that people add to their families, too, and that’s great, but ultimately it is an attempt to give a child a better life. That cause should move your heart. It moves the heart of God.
So, if you know of someone who is in the process of adopting, and you want to join with them and God in protecting the fatherless, then you have been given an opportunity, a door. That’s what it is. It’s a chance to be part of something bigger than yourself. Take it or leave it.